About Amanda Shanahan

Amanda Shanahan

Amanda Shanahan

Amanda is a native of the City of Syracuse where she stills lives with her high school sweetheart/husband, two teenagers, and dog. Growing up with a large vegetable garden and yard full of fruit trees, Amanda's love for healthy eating and living began early in life. She loves to travel, read, try new fitness classes and equipment, and spend time with her kids. Amanda is a registered dietitian and Corporate Wellness Program Manager with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Posts by Amanda Shanahan

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Don’t Let Distance Get In The Way of Connecting

You’ve likely heard this before: staying connected is important for our health.  But have you really thought about why and how, especially during this time of physical distancing? “We are wired for social connection,” said Amy Hernandez Gamboa, BSW, a medical services care management trainer with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “Our new way of living has…Read More »

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Mindfulness: Being Present is the Best Present to Give Yourself

With all of the uncertainty we have in the world at this time, it’s even more important to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is truly a state of mind. It’s being present in the moment, focusing on what is going on right now. You can apply mindfulness to all aspects of your life. Being mindful allows you…Read More »

5 Ways to Be Healthier with a Plant-Based Diet

I ate healthy. But I knew I could do better. I ate a lot of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and reduced-fat dairy. Could I, however, reach the next level of healthy eating? Could I ditch processed foods, most animal products and oil? Challenge accepted. I tried a whole-foods, plant-based diet. The diet is…Read More »

Cooking Light Salad

Print Recipe Cooking Light Salad Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Servings Ingredients 1.5 cups cracked wheat bulgur uncooked1.5 cups boiling water1 cup figs dried1/4 cup cranberries, dried, sweetened craisins1 cup parsley1/2 cup fresh mint1/2 cup lemon juice1/2 tsp salt1/2 tsp black pepper1.5 cups chickpeas garbanzo beans1/2 cup carrots raw, cut in slices…Read More »

8 Last-Minute Healthy Gifts For The Holidays

If you’re scrambling to find the perfect gift for that special someone, it’s not too late to give the gift of health. Here are some healthy options: A journal for recording your thoughts, activities or goals A subscription to a health-related magazine. Cooking Light is my favorite A recipe organizer to keep track of your…Read More »

15 Ways to Stop Stress Now

You’re stressed. But you don’t have to cruise to a tropical island to relieve your stress or anxiety. Here are some simple ideas to get you out of your rut: Drink a cup of hot tea. Breathe … deeply. Step outside. Breathe in the fresh air. Have lunch with a co-worker, friend or family member.…Read More »

6 Things to Do for Yourself this Holiday Season

Staying healthy (and sane) throughout the holiday season is more than just tackling a holiday weight-loss challenge or cutting back on the fruit cake. It’s about adopting an active, lifelong process of balancing and integrating all aspects of your life for optimal health. There are actually six elements of wellness that reflects the whole person;…Read More »